Can I Seek Compensation for a Brain Injury?

Brain injuries are among the most serious, life-altering conditions a person can sustain. Most are caused by accidents in which a person’s head is forcibly struck against a surface. An injury of this type may cause a person to lose cognitive, physical, and/or earning capabilities; in some cases, it may also alter the victim’s personality. Because these injuries are extensive and potentially permanent, a catastrophic injury attorney can help the injured party seek compensation.

Types of Damages

A person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury can pursue a few different types of damages in court. These damages are:

Economic Damages

Economic damages are comprised of all financial losses resulting from the injury, such as:

  • earnings;
  • medical expenses;
  • rehab and/or therapy;
  • in-home care;
  • medical/adaptive devices and equipment; and/or
  • property damage.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are any personal factors that have been negatively impacted by the injury, like:

  • pain and suffering;
  • physical deterioration;
  • quality of life deterioration;
  • loss of outside support; and/or
  • loss of ability to have children.
     

Punitive Damages

In California, a jury can award punitive, or exemplary, damages to the party seeking compensation. Punitive damages is additional compensation designed to punish the defendant and/or discourage other parties from engaging in the behavior that resulted in the injury. The victim must provide clear and convincing evidence, which often includes:

  • malice or intentional misconduct;
  • a conscious disregard for the plaintiff’s rights; and/or
  • fraud.

A Compassionate Catastrophic Injury Attorney

At Eliot Reiner, APLC, our attorney has extensive experience with brain injury cases and will aggressively advocate for your rights and help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Call our firm today at (916) 778-3228 or contact us online for a complimentary compensation.

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